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Entry Point 24 - Fall Lake

Fall Lake entry point allows overnight paddle or motor (25 HP max). This entry point is supported by Kawishiwi Ranger Station near the city of Ely, MN. The distance from ranger station to entry point is 7 miles. "Access is a boat landing at Fall Lake. Several trip options to Newton, Basswood, & Mud Lakes with additionalportages." This area was affected by blowdown in 1999.

Number of Permits per Day: 14
Elevation: 1324 feet
Latitude: 47.9527
Longitude: -91.7213
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Spartan2
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02/04/2011 09:58AM
 
New Trip Report posted by Spartan2

Trip Name: 1985 Fall Lake--Beartrap River--Crooked Lake--Basswood Lake.

Entry Point: 24

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TuscaroraBorealis
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02/04/2011 11:01AM
 
Loving the "back in the day" trip reports. Keep 'em coming.

BTW I thought the photos were pretty good.


TB
Spartan2
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02/04/2011 11:07AM
 
I'm pretty much worn out now. Maybe later.


Someday I would like to write up our 22-day trip but the idea of scanning the photos just blows me away. Obviously wouldn't scan all of them.


We'll see. It won't be soon.
boonie
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02/04/2011 08:16PM
 
Enjoyed your trip report. I stayed at the middle (of 5) campsite on Boot when I was there in the fall of 2009. It wasn't over used at that time. Do these look familiar?




Boot Lake



Boot Lake campsite



Boot Lake inukshuk
Spartan2
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02/05/2011 10:28AM
 
Spartan1 says the first one does.


Really, for me, I can't remember a campsite 25 years later. I do remember, however, sitting on the shore there and watching the sunset. It was a nice evening. We had so much bad weather later in the trip that I think that evening stands out in more detail.
boonie
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02/05/2011 01:41PM
 
quote Spartan2: "Spartan1 says the first one does.



Really, for me, I can't remember a campsite 25 years later. I do remember, however, sitting on the shore there and watching the sunset. It was a nice evening. We had so much bad weather later in the trip that I think that evening stands out in more detail. "



The first and third pictures are looking south on Boot from the point to the south of the campsite.
Boppa
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02/05/2011 06:04PM
 
Spartan2,
I just came in from shoveling our latest snow event to find your latest TR and what a treat it was to read and to view the many wonderful photo's which you took.
The memories of the poor weather certainly make the fair weather days that we can capture that more enjoyable. Thanks for your trip comments and observations, you bring smiles with them.
Thanks again,
Boppa

"Yesterday is the past, Tomorrow is the future, Today is a GIFT, that is why it is called the present".
lars54
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02/05/2011 06:33PM
 
nice report, i liked the pictures.
TomT
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02/08/2011 06:57PM
 
Very interesting to read. This is about the time I got started going to the BW. And the bad weather you had is something that I can relate to. Thankfully, rainwear has come a long way since then. I used a poncho back then and my legs would get soaked too.


Without a stove, Spartan1 must have really been busy finding dry wood. Did you bring a hatchet to split the wood? Making cooking fires everyday in those condiions must have really been tough.


And, I also agree that your skills as a photographer are better these days. Digital cameras are so conveient compared to film cameras. I can remember putting 6 rolls of 35 mm film in long plastic tubes for transport.


Thanks for taking the time for this. I think you have inspired me to do one from the 80's as well.




"Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." --- George Bernard Shaw
Spartan2
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02/08/2011 09:12PM
 
The last couple of trips I took with film I think I took 12 or 13 rolls! In '03 I actually took both my 35mm film camera and my brand-new Canon DSLR because I couldn't believe I would get any good photos with a digital camera. Times have changed. I don't think I have shot any film in 6 years.


Spartan1 takes a 3/4 axe on every trip, and also a folding camp saw. We like to have a cooking fire and he prefers cedar or poplar/birch for cooking so the pots don't get so black. We will use pine for a campfire for warming, but usually don't cook over pine if we can help it. But we always have a stove now, too. And on our last trip he didn't even build a fire at all.


I have a couple more trips I would like to write up sometime, but it will be awhile before I get the urge again. It took longer than I had anticipated, and the scanning got really tedious.
Ho Ho
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02/14/2011 09:14PM
 
I'm glad you took the time to scan! I enjoyed the report a lot. Very very much.


I'm scanning a bunch of old photos and slides right now, and it is tedious. But eventually I want EVERYTHING digitized so I can enjoy the old pictures again. Especially the slides, we took great slides back in the day.


BTW, as you suggested, I'll post a report of our first Quetico trip in the next few months now that I have the scanner. We only have really crummy disposable-camera pictures from that trip, I don't know why, we've always brought a real camera on all trips before and after. Maybe we were still traumatized by the destruction of our old camera in the glacial-calving-tidal-wave disaster on the Kenai Peninsula a few years before, but that's another story.



ozarkpaddler
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09/27/2012 06:04PM
 
I too need to scan more of my old photos. Wish digital would have come along sooner! I wish I had kept a journal of my trips. I can remember bits and pieces and approximate years, but a journal would have been nice. Thanks for another excellent read!

"Let us live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry." Mark Twain
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